Executive Director

The Three Sisters Garden Project (TSGP) seeks its first Executive Director (ED).  Now in its fifth year, the TSGP is ready to transition its management from its all-volunteer Board of Directors to an ED who will be responsible for continuing to build a strong organization that will attain TSGP’s mission. 

The TSGP seeks to nurture a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable community inclusive of all its citizens through food and farm-based engagement. The organization operates a small organic community farm in Ipswich, Massachusetts and conducts its programming primarily through partnerships on the farm and in the community. The current annual budget of $140,000 is set to grow to $400,000 over the next few years according to its business plan. The operation currently operates with one full time year round farm manager, two seasonal full time assistant farmers, part time staff, Seasonal Educator, dozens of volunteers and a hands-on Board of Directors and its subcommittees. The organization is part of a vibrant local community of like-minded partners and supporters. 

The Executive Director position requires a qualified, self-motivated individual who has a solid understanding of sustainability, engagement, food & agriculture and is a proven or aspirational fundraiser and an effective manager.  The ideal candidate for TSGP’s Executive Director:

  • Is strongly committed to the mission and comfortable working in a small, dynamic start up organization looking to grow rapidly.
  • Has excellent communications skills and is able to function effectively as the principal spokesperson for the organization and be a strong writer and speaker.
  • Is a strong advocate for sustainability issues, agriculture and food access.
  • Has demonstrated experience engaging people.
  • Has strong managerial skills, preferably within a non-profit context, including strategic planning and program development, staff management, budgeting and financial management, business planning, recruiting supporters, and working effectively with a Board of Directors and other volunteers.
  • Is an aspirational and effective fundraiser, with a track record of successful grant proposal writing and an ability to raise unrestricted funds from individuals and foundations. 
  • Works effectively with other organizations and builds coalitions to further mutual interests.
  • Is a capable problem solver who is able to utilize limited resources effectively and prioritize among many opportunities and challenges.

The operation is currently based on the property of the Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Notre Dame who is TSGP’s closest partner. Working closely and respectfully with Cuvilly according to the License Agreement with Cuvilly is of utmost importance.

Education and Experience: The ED candidate should hold a Bachelors’ degree (Master’s preferred) with at least 5 years’ experience, including in a supervisory level with some direct experience with non-governmental organizations. Specific knowledge of agriculture, food, education and/or environmental issues is preferred.

This is a full time position and salary is commensurate with experience. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to:

Wayne Castonguay, Chair
Three Sisters Garden Project
PO Box 422
Ipswich, MA 01928